Project ECHO for Epilepsy and Neurology

Project ECHO
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Expanding Specialized Care

There are not enough specialists to treat people with epilepsy. Primary care providers are more likely to diagnose and treat people with epilepsy in their communities, but may not have the experience in treating people with difficult to diagnose and treat seizures. To improve their patients’ care, we need to make sure these front line providers can connect with specialists for advice, best practices, and training.

What is ECHO Epilepsy/Neurology?

The University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute and the Epilepsy Foundation are piloting Project ECHO for epilepsy and neurology to help primary care clinicians and other health care professionals improve care for adults with epilepsy and other neurological conditions.

ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a telementoring program. It links primary care providers and epilepsy specialists in an interactive teleconference format to expand primary care providers’ access to epilepsy training and specialized care for their patients.

  • During an ECHO session, primary care providers can ask epilepsy specialists questions about the treatment and management of their patients with epilepsy and other neurological disorders. They can also learn more about best practices.
  • The ECHO sessions provide a short, didactic presentation, case-based discussions, and abundant Q&A to optimize the learning experience.
  • Half of the pilot phase ECHO Epilepsy/Neurology sessions will focus on care of people with epilepsy. The other sessions will address migraine, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • ECHO Epilepsy/Neurology will ensure that more people with epilepsy in and around Ohio get the specialty care that they need.

Who can participate?

ECHO Epilepsy/Neurology sessions are aimed at primary care providers including physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners, but anyone who cares for adults with epilepsy and neurological conditions may attend.

While the pilot is focused on health care providers in Ohio and surrounding areas, providers from other states may join.

When is it held?

The sessions are held on the first Thursday of every month from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. EST through June 2019. Visit to learn more and sign up!

Upcoming Sessions

  • December 6: Primary Care Approach to Treatment of Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders
  • January 3: Marijuana for Epilepsy & Other Neurological Indications
  • February 7: Mood Disorders & Anxiety in Epilepsy, Including Self-Management
  • March 7: Primary Care Approach to Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementias
  • April 4: Women & Epilepsy: Considerations for Pregnancy
  • May 2: Primary Care Approach to Treatment of Acute & Chronic Low Back Pain
  • June 6: Primary Care Approach to Stroke Diagnosis & Treatment

Download the Program Flyer

How does it work?

  • Register here for all or some of the sessions.
  • Feel free to send in a challenging case or question to the project team.
  • Prior to the scheduled session, you will receive a meeting invitation with a link to the Zoom meeting. Simply click on the link to connect to the session.
  • Complete post questions to earn 1 CME credit per session and help evaluate the usefulness of the program.

How much does it cost?

The ECHO Epilepsy/Neurology is free of charge to participants!

The program is being piloted under the National Epilepsy Education and Awareness Collaborative (NEEAC) and funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Technical assistance is being provided by the Project ECHO team at the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Cincinnati ECHO team.

Echo Epilepsy/Neurology Key Contacts

The following key contacts are from Cincinnati ECHO,

  • Michael Privitera MD, Epilepsy/Neurology Facilitator
  • Susan McDonald MA, Program Manager
  • Sarah Brubaker BA, Communications & Marketing Coordinator

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Reviewed by: Patty Osborne Shafer RN, MN | Associate Editor and Senior Director on 11/2018

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